Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Check your baggage

Paul Wells made a great comment in Calgary Grit's comments section:

Word to the wise: "No baggage" easily wins the prize for worst possible criterion in choosing a leader. "Baggage" is what you get when you've done something with your life. When he came to Ottawa in 2001, Stockwell Day had no baggage at all. When he won the leadership in 1990, Chrétien had so much baggage he needed a separate train car to carry it all. He was radioactive in Quebec. And he won three majorities, increasing his Quebec vote every time at bat.

Ernie Eves had no baggage. Camille Thériault was Frank McKenna without the baggage. I could go through a list of baggage-free losers and baggage-toting winners (Reagan! Clinton! Al Gore: Clinton without the baggage) as long as your arm, but there's no point. The "no-baggage" armies never learn. That's because they're not carrying a lot of baggage either.
Here's another word for baggage: experience. You're right. Can't have that.

Sums it up, really. So Brison's got a little baggage now. Big deal, right? We're the party of baggage!


At 3/08/2006 3:50 p.m., Blogger Dan McKenzie said...

It's a reflection of his professionalism. This isn't an essay about Ukrainian Nationalism or an Alberta Firewall.

At 3/09/2006 12:59 a.m., Blogger Hangin to the left said...

yeah, but this kinda baggage is what cost the Liberals the last election. Its not that he has a whitewater or what have you... the guy is being labelled as the leak in the income trust "scandal." The day that the RCMP decided to investigate is the day the election went sour.

Also, the LPC is labelled as the party of corruption right now wiht sponsorship and income trust et al. The party needs to distance itself from it. This is not just "baggage", its worrysome


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